Monthly Archives: July 2012

Spy Work for Musicians

Magdi and Naim

When I was looking for visuals for my article on the double bass and Middle Eastern music I found this picture on this YouTube video: It looked kind of old, and you can see a somehow awkward looking double bass … Continue reading

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In the Ears of the Beholder

“The awkwardness grew even more when I played simple kids songs they know, and put some quarter tones in them … Ultimately, I played a traditional Arabic melody with quarter tones, and then played the same melody with no quarter tones. My question for the class was “which version was more beautiful?” Continue reading

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